“Life in rewind” an OCD book review

“Life in rewind” is a case study of Edward Zine who is suffering from severe obsessive compulsive disorder and Michael Jenike, the therapist who broke all the rules to help his patient.

This book reveals how they both achieved victory in the battle with OCD.

“Life in rewind” has an suitable caption “the story of a young courageous man who persevered over OCD and the Harvard doctor who broke all the rules to help him.”

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Who is Michael A. Jenike ?

Michael A. Jenike is a professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and a leading expert in research and treatment of OCD.

Who is Edward Zine (simply called as Ed)?

Ed is an young man suffering from OCD. He is from middle class family from Massachusetts.

Ed confined himself in basement of his home, voluntarily. He never comes out and won’t allow any one in.

Why should you read this?

  1. It is not a fictional story , but a real life case study that certainly helps you in understanding and overcoming OCD.
  2. The story of Ed is an inspiration to millions of OCD sufferers. It gives a ray of hope in their lives.
  3. Unfortunately millions of people do not realize they are suffering from OCD, since they aren’t aware of the symptoms of this dreaded monster that changes it’s colors like a chameleon.

Symptoms of Ed:

  • Ed is voluntarily confined himself in the basement of his house. He never lets others in to protect the “OCD holy ground”.
  • The prominent feature of Ed’s OCD is counting and recounting. There is uncountable rituals he had to perform every minute. It took 7 hours for him to reach the basement door from his bed (a normal person takes less than 2 minutes).
  • Ed is habituated to repetitive rituals that he became an expert in reading English sentences forward as well as backwards.

Ed is reluctant to leave his basement and meet a therapist in the hospital, so Michael, the therapist, himself comes to Ed’s basement, after driving for 3 hours.

 The story opens with the description of Ed’s daily routine and his thoughts, often in stream of consciousness mode. This makes the reader interested in going through the story. But in some of the later chapters, the writing style becomes crappy, as we find italicized lines on every page. Fortunately in the last chapters again the reader comes in to the story line as the story evolves perfectly and both the sufferer (Ed) and the therapist tries to find ways to overcome OCD.


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